John Henry Powell
Indiana State Police
Friday, February 27, 1959

Age: 27
Served: 4 years, 2 months
Badge #:
Panel 42E, Line 10
Panel L23, Line 8

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Struck by vehicle
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, February 27, 1959
09:30 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
State Road 16 and U.S. 41 near Kentland
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
Burial Place:
IOOF Cemetery, Rochester

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   Trooper John Powell was struck and killed by a vehicle one mile south of State Road 16 on U.S. 41 near Kentland.

   He and several other troopers were setting out an electronic speed timing device. As Trooper Powell was leaning over the pavement, he was struck over the head by a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old male who was passing another vehicle, killing him instantly.

   Trooper Powell, from Otterbein, was assigned to the Kentland post. He was survived by his wife, three sons, brother, four sisters and parents.

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